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The last of Hargreaves recommendations, a suite of exceptions making their way through the Houses of Parliament, after multiple delays, have reached yet another stumbling block – two of the five exceptions will not be voted on this coming Monday (12th May).
Following on from the Hargreaves review in 2011, five exceptions to copyright have ponderously been making their way through implementation, with the aim being implementation on June 1st.
The IPO has even gone so far as to publish draft Regulations, along with an explanatory memorandum, all of which are available at their website, here.

However, yesterday Labour MP and shadow minister for Industry tweeted to say that of the five exceptions, two (private copying and parody/pastiche) have been removed from voting.

Although the two exceptions have been withdrawn from voting on Monday, the IPO today tweeted that they remain committed to implementing these exceptions as soon as possible.

It has also continued to promote its consumer guidance booklet which lays out how the upcoming exceptions will affect consumers (available here), further strengthening the IPO’s commitment to implementing the exceptions. What’s not clear, however, is why they have vanished from voting next week.

Certainly it will be interesting to see what happens here, and this blogger will return with an update once she has more information. It’s looking unlikely that the exceptions will be implemented in time for their planned coming into force date of June 1, 2014, though.

Intellectual Property Minister Lord Younger has issued a statement concerning the delay of these two copyright exceptions. It is available here.

Lord Younger states that the reason for the delay is that the committee has some questions about the Statutory Instruments that they would like to discuss.
He also points out that this is not unusual, but the timing of the parliamentary cycle means that this will have an impact on the implementation date of the exceptions.
He also reiterated the government’s firm commitment to implementing the proposed exceptions as soon as possible.

Full text of the statement:

The government welcomes the fact that the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments has concluded its consideration of three of the five copyright exceptions statutory instruments (SIs).

The Public Administration, Disability, and Research, Education, Libraries & Archives SIs will all be discussed in Parliament next week and subject to parliamentary approval will come into force on 1 June 2014.

The Committee has some questions about the private copying and parody exceptions that they would like to discuss with us. It is not unusual for the Committee to want to spend more time considering SIs, but it will have implications for the timetable given where we are in the parliamentary cycle. It is likely to mean these two SIs are implemented later than 1 June 2014.

While this delay is disappointing for both the government and many of our stakeholders, the government remains firmly committed to implementing each of these important exceptions to copyright law as soon as possible.

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